Fun Zoo Scavenger Hunt- Free Download

Last Updated on August 31, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Heading to the zoo? You’ll want to bring our Zoo Scavenger Hunt along with you! Your kids will have so much fun searching and racing to be the first to check off everything on their list! Don’t miss out on this exciting new way to enjoy your day at the zoo! 

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It’s always a special day when we get to go to the zoo! My kids are fascinated by all of the different animals, and they want to see everything there is to offer there. 

One fun way to make sure we get to see all of our favorites is with a Zoo Scavenger Hunt! 

Your kids will have so much fun keeping their eyes peeled for each item on their list. Sometimes it even turns into a friendly competition to see who can spot everything first! 

With this Zoo Scavenger Hunt list, this is sure to be the best day at the zoo ever! 

Scavenger hunts are a great way to mix things up and create a whole new experience out of any family outing! 

The last time we went camping, this Camping Scavenger Hunt made it so much more fun, and this Beach Scavenger Hunt made our recent beach trip extra exciting! 

I know your family will love this Zoo Scavenger Hunt, so be sure to grab it today and have it ready for your next trip to the zoo! 

Why I Love Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Scavenger hunts are a great way to beat any boredom! Whether you are running errands or on vacation, scavenger hunts can make anything more interesting and exciting! I love to have plenty on hand for any situation.

Scavenger hunts are also wonderful for helping your kids practice important developmental skills, such as problem-solving and teamwork! You’ll love how this fun activity pulls your kids away from those screens and gets them to observe the world around them! 

How To Do A Zoo Scavenger Hunt

  • First, decide if you will be competing individually, with partners, or in teams.
  • Next, make sure you have printed enough Zoo Scavenger Hunt pages for each person or team, and hand them out. 
  • As you move around the zoo, look for each item on your list. 
  • When you find something on your list, be sure to check it off! At the end of the zoo visit, the person or team who has found the most things wins! 

How To Adjust Scavenger Hunts for Different Ages

Because the zoo is a public place, you’ll want to make sure that your little ones are always with an adult. You can play this game as a group, moving throughout the zoo together, or pair kids with an adult if you divide into teams. Whatever you choose, be sure that your kids always have adult supervision.

Help younger kids as needed with reading and understanding the scavenger hunt rules, but let them do the finding. You’ll be impressed by their ability to find things and problem-solve!

It can sometimes be hard to get teens involved in a game, but a little competition can be very persuasive! Turn your scavenger hunt into a race to see who can complete their list first, or offer a prize for the winner. Make sure you play with your teens, and don’t miss out on this chance to have fun and bond with them!

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Zoo Scavenger Hunt Items

  • Gorilla
  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Bird
  • Snake
  • Bench
  • Fish
  • Keeper
  • Monkey
  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Fish
  • Leaf
  • Bear
  • Flower
  • Turtle
  • Alligator
  • Hippopotamus
  • Nest
  • Grass
  • Zebra
  • Spider
  • Animal Food
  • Zoo Sign

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  • Dry Erase Pens- Use dry erase pens so that you can wipe your laminated printable clean over and over again for endless use!

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